Dunga

by John Max 23 Nov,2017
Dunga

Golden Foot award-winning Brazilian football coach, €2.5m better known as Dunga is a former professional footballer who started and ended his club career with Internacional and was a team member of Brazil national football team as well as U-20 Brazil squad.

Dunga was also the captain of the team that won the World Cup in 1994.

Early Life

Dunga was born on 1st of October 1963 in Ijui, Brazil. Talking about his nationality, Dunga is a Brazilian and he belongs to Italian and German descent. He got his name Dunga during his childhood by his uncle because of his short height. Dunga is derived from the Portuguese translation of Dopey, a dwarf from the Disney version of Snow White.

Club Career

At the young age of 17, Dunga started off his footballing career professional with Internacional by signing his very first professional contract. He then played for various renowned clubs which are listed below:

Years

Team

Apps

Goal

1980-1984

1984-1985

1985-1987

1987

1987-1988

1988-1992

1992-1993

1993-1995

1995-1988

1999-2000

Internacional

Corinthians

Santos

Vasco da Gama

Pisa

Fiorentina

Pescara

VfB Stuttgart

Jubilo Iwata

Internacional

10

13

16

17

23

124

23

54

99

20

    -

    1

    1

    1

    2

    8

    3

    7

   16

    3

International Career

In 1983, Dunga made his international debut for Brazil national team at the “FIFA U-20 World Cup”. At the time, he captained the young Brazilian team, winning the tournament against Argentina in the final. The following year, he helped the team to win a silver medal at the “1984 Summer Olympics”. He then starts reaching call-ups to the main team of Brazil, winning the “1980 Copa America” against Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil national team won the “1994 FIFA World Cup” under his captaincy. Along with Xavier Hernandez Creus (Xavi). Dunga is one of the two footballers to have played in a World Cup, Confederations Cup, continental championship, and Olympics Games. 

From 1987-1998, Dunga has 91 caps and scored 6 goals for the Brazilian national team.

Managerial Career

In 2000, Dunga was offered to be a national coach of Brazilian national football team however, he refused because he disliked the way in which the Brazilian Football Confederation was organized and managed its affairs.

On 24th of July 2006, Dunga accepted the deal and became the new national coach of the Brazilian national team replacing Carlos Alberto Parreira. He started his new job with impressive results, winning 4 of total 5 matches.

He didn’t just manage the national team but also looked at the entire scope of Europe, finding individual talents such as Dudu Cearense, Vagner Love, and Daniel Carvalho. Apart from this, the coach also discovered players from the local Brazilian clubs such as Sao Paulo, Flamengo, and Corinthians.

In 2007, Dunga led his team to their second-straight “Copa America” title beating their rival team Argentina in the final 3-0. Similarly, on 28th of June 2008, his team also won the “2009 FIFA Confederations Cup” in South Africa.

Further, at the “2010 FIFA World Cup,” he managed to take Brazil to the quarter-finals, where they faced a 2-1 loss to the Netherland. After the competition, the Brazilian national coach faced many criticisms regarding his selections in 2010 World Cup where Pele gave his opinion that Neymar and Alexandre Pato should have been selected to the team.

Internacional

On 12th December 2012, Dunga signed as coach of Internacional, where he began and ended his football career. Nonetheless, after a series of losses, he was sacked from the club.

Brazil

On 22nd July 2014, Dunga returned to the Brazilian national team as a coach, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari. His first match was a friendly match against Colombia in which his squad won the match in (1-0) with a free-kick goal from Neymar. Following this, he gave a series of victory against teams like Ecuador (1-0), against Argentina (2-0) in the 2014 Superclasico de Las Americas, against Austria (1-2), against Turkey (0-4), and against Japan (4-0).

Likewise, in the year 2015, he managed his national squad to wins against Honduras (1-0), Mexico (2-0) and Chile (1-0). However, in 2015 Copa America the Brazil national team disqualified for a “FIFA Confederations Cup”. Furthermore, in Copa America Centenario, Brazil faced a controversial 1-0 loss to Peru.

Honors

His individual honors include 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. In 1997 he earned J. League Most Valuable Player and J. League Best Eleven. Dunga also took home "Golden Foot" as a football legend in 2010.

Personal life

Dunga tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Evanir Verri. The beautiful couple is parents of three adult children: daughter Gabriela Verri and sons Lucas and Mateo Verri.

Evanier originally from Porto Alegre is a sociologist.

Dunga is living a blissful life with his spouse and children without any new and rumors of conflict, separation, and divorce.

Net Worth

Fifty-four years Brazilian national coach, Dunga earns $666,000 annually. He used to receive €2.5m annually including $500,000 bonus as the head coach of the Brazilian National Team previously. Currently, he has an estimated net worth of around $1.9 million. He has earned his wealth widely through his professional career as a football coach.

Apart from this, Dunga also collects much money through endorsements with renowned brands like US automotive manufacturer Chevrolet.

With a tremendous wealth, Dunga is living a luxurious and lavish style. 

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